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Tryout dates set for Rebels sport teams

August 12, 2019

Being a part of the Rebels is about giving you a complete student experience as you take part in your studies.  It is about the thrill of competition, the pride of pulling on the jersey, and the friendships that will last a lifetime

If you want to pull on our jersey and be a Rebel, then we want to see you out at one of our upcoming tryouts. Read More →

Rebels announce 2019-20 MCAC volleyball schedule

June 27, 2019

The Red River Rebels along the Manitoba College Athletic Association announced the 2019 volleyball schedule today.

The Rebels open the season on the road November 2nd against USB Les Rouges followed November 8 against the CMU Blazers. It will be a quick turn around as they will host the CMU Blazers on November 9 in the home opener for the Rebels.

The regular season has been expanded to 20 regular season games this year, up from 16 last year. The other change to the schedule will see men’s games played at 6pm followed by the women’s games at 730pm.

The defending MCAC Champion, Rebels Women’s volleyball team will head south to the September 6 to 8 and for an exhibition tournament at Dakota College Bottineau.

The Rebels men’s team will host their annual preseason tournament on October 4 and 5 with teams from the MCAC and the University of Jamestown Jimmies who will be starting their inaugural season in the NAIA.

The MCAC Championship will be held February 29 and March 1 at Canadian Mennonite University with the top four women’s and men’s teams taking part.

The Rebels women’s team, lead by Coach Dan McGregor (6th year) will hold tryouts starting August 26 while the men, lead by Coach Chris Voth (1st year) will hold an ID Camp/Open Gym on September 2 and 4 followed by tryouts on September 9 and 11.

For a complete list of training days and tryouts visit the following link https://www.rrc.ca/rebels/sports/tryouts/

A complete listing of games can be found at the following links.

Women’s: https://www.rrc.ca/rebels/sports/volleyball-womens/schedule/

Men’s: https://www.rrc.ca/rebels/sports/volleyball-mens/schedule/

 

 

 

Rebels Women’s Volleyball add Left Side for 2019/20 Season

June 17, 2019

Rebels Athletics are excited to announce the addition of Left side hitter Lauren Hudson for the upcoming season. The 5’6″ St Paul’s Collegiate (Elie,MB) will be taking MRI and Spectroscopy next year at Red River College.  Hudson remarked ” I’ve been interested in taking volleyball to a higher level for a long time and I’m extremely excited to be able to do it with the Rebels team.”

Coach Dan McGregor adds “We are happy to have Lauren Hudson join our women’s volleyball team for the coming season. Lauren’s history in club volleyball, athletic ability and experience playing both the left and right side should allow her to succeed at the college level.”

Tryouts for women’s volleyball will take place starting August 26. Click Here for full dates and more info.

Rebels WVB Adds Middle for 2019/20 Season

June 12, 2019

2019 MCAC women’s volleyball champions, RRC Rebels women’s volleyball is excited to announce that Tyra Henry has committed to the program for the 2019-20 season. Henry, a 5’11” middle from Roseau River First Nations, graduated from Roseau Valley School as team captain this year and will be taking the RRC Health Care Aide Program next school season.

Coach Dan McGregor ” We are looking forward to the addition of Tyra Henry to our women’s volleyball program for the 2019/20 season. Tyra is an athletic player with excellent jumping and blocking abilities and we believe that she can be a significant blocking presence in the front row based on her athleticism.”

Tryouts for women’s volleyball will take place starting August 26. Click Here for full dates and more info.

Rebels Women’s Volleyball Welcomes Another Recruit for 19/20 Season

June 11, 2019

RRC Atlethics is excited to announce that Darby Coughlin has joined the women’s volleyball program for the 2019-20 MCAC season. The 5’9″ right side from St.Mary’s Academy has enrolled in Diagnostic Medical Sonography for the upcoming school year.

The former University of Manitoba Bison player has won a high school provincial championship, 5 provincial club medals, 2 club national medals and was named Manitoba player of the year in 2014.

Coach Dan McGregor on the newest addition to the squad, ” I have had the pleasure of coaching Darby in 18U club where she was a key part to our provincial championship team that finished 5th at nationals. Darby is a hard worker with a positive attitude who has had success throughout her volleyball career.  She is a gifted offensive player that can impact a game with her ability to win points. We look forward to having her join our program for the 19/20 season.”

Tryouts for women’s volleyball will take place starting August 26. Click Here for full dates and more info.

Rebels Women’s Volleyball Adds New Recruit

June 6, 2019

The Red River College Rebels women’s volleyball team is excited to announce that Jessica Kaminsky will be joining the squad for the 2019-20 season.The 5’7″ right side from Westwood Collegiate and Alliance Volleyball Club was a MHSAA conference all-star in volleyball and also two-sport athlete, quarterbacking the St.James Rods senior women’s football team.

Coach Dan McGregor on his newest recruit. ” We are excited to have Jessica join our program for the 19/20 season. Her experience playing club volleyball over the years and having played a variety of positions will allow her to have an immediate impact on our team in the coming year. Jessica has shown a desire to improve her game through practice and strength training that should pay dividends in the coming year.”

This will be Jessica’s first season of collegiate volleyball and she will be entering the Disability and Community Support program at the Notre Dame campus.

Tryouts for women’s volleyball will take place starting August 26. Click Here for full dates and more info.

Womens Volleyball Tryout Dates Set

May 24, 2019

Tryouts for the defending MCAC Champion Women’s Volleyball team have been set.  Tryouts will take place from 5pm to 7pm in the North Gym on the Notre Dame Campus

  • August 26, 28, 30
  • September 4,9,11,13,16

Interested student should contact Coach McGregor at djmcgregor@rrc.cafor more information

2018-19 Rebels Athletics Award Winners

April 3, 2019

Rebels Athletics recently held their annual end of the season banquet dinner, where they celebrated the 2018-19 Varsity Athletics season, and gave out MVP awards to each team along with two special recognition awards. Below is a full listing of the awards, along with a link to pictures from the night’s event.
Congrats to all the winners and kudos to all the players, coaches, trainers and staff on another successful Rebels varsity sport season! Read More →

Rebels WVB Chloe Orteza named MCAC Player of the Week

February 28, 2019

WINNIPEG, MB., February 27, 2018 – The Manitoba Colleges Athletic Conference announced Wednesday that both Brett Foley and Matt Freisen from the Providence Pilots men’s volleyball team are co-male athletes of the week, and Chloe Orteza from the Red River College Rebels women’s volleyball team is the female athlete of the week.

Chloe Orteza

Congratulations to Chloe Orteza from the Red River College women’s volleyball team, who is the female athlete of the week.

Orteza, second-year setter out of Ile des Chenes, MB, was a key piece in the Rebels thrilling run to the 2019 Women’s Volleyball Championship this weekend – the first ever in program history. She finished with 37 assists, four digs and a couple key aces in Sunday’s championship game.

“As co-captain of the Rebels women’s volleyball team for the best two season Chloe has been a leader of the team on and off the court,” said Rebels head coach Dan McGregor. “As a nursing student she has a significant time commitment; however, she was able to attend all practices and come with a high level of engagement and intensity to push herself and the team toward the goal of winning the conference championship.”

With the Rebels beginning the season without a designated setter, Orteza, originally an outside hitter, took on the challenge of becoming the team’s go-to setter down the stretch of the season.

“Chloe’s willing to do whatever it takes for the team to be successful,” McGregor continued. “She worked hard in practice and watched video to get up to speed on a position that she had never played before and did an excellent job in both playoff games this weekend.”

Rebels Win 2019 MCAC Women’s Volleyball Championship!

February 25, 2019

WVB 🏐 | Rebels claim first MCAC women’s volleyball title in dramatic five-setter over Blazers

OTTERBURNE — Equipped with a never-say-die attitude, the Red River Rebels women’s volleyball team capped a dream weekend in the Manitoba Colleges Athletic Conference Final Four with their first championship in dramatic fashion. / By Nathan Liewicki/MCAC

By Nathan Liewicki

OTTERBURNE — Equipped with a never-say-die attitude, the Red River Rebels women’s volleyball team capped a dream weekend in the Manitoba Colleges Athletic Conference Final Four winning their first championship in dramatic fashion.

Red River, which was seeded third after posting a 7-9 record in regular-season play, knocked off the top-seeded Canadian Mennonite University Blazers 3-2 (25-12, 19-25, 25-23, 25-27, 15-11) in the MCAC final at Providence University College in Otterburne on Sunday afternoon.

Rebels’ Taylor Gray / 📸 Heidi Martins

“It’s awesome, it’s unbelievable and I still can’t believe it happened,” second-year RRC outside hitter Sara Meisner said.

The five-foot-nine Moosehorn product finished with 12 kills, a team-best 21 digs and three of the Rebels’ 11 aces.

RRC reached the final in dramatic fashion, erasing a two-set deficit against the second-seeded Université de Saint-Boniface Les Rouges to capture the first of two semifinals, 3-2 (15-25, 12-25, 25-19, 25-16, 15-11), on Saturday.

“I think it was just an avalanche,” fifth-year Rebels head coach Dan McGregor said. “Once it started going and we started winning some points and got a little more confidence it carried all the way through. We felt like we could do no wrong at that point.”

The Rebels triumphed in just one of their eight combined regular-season meetings with USB and CMU, but the Rebels dug deep during the Final Four, especially against the Blazers, who posted a 12-4 regular-season mark before they downed the No. 4 Assiniboine Community College Cougars 3-0 (25-17, 25-18, 25-17) in Saturday’s other semi.

“We’ve played them four times this year and we won one set. I don’t know if there was a lot of confidence there,” McGregor said. “As much as we had some close sets, we tried to build ourselves up going in the right direction.”

Blazers’ Renee Desroches / 📸 Heidi Martins

After falling behind 6-3 in the opening set, RRC went on a 4-0 run with Meisner at the service-line. The Blazers squared it up on the next point, but the Rebels won 11 straight points on the strength of outstanding serving by setter Chloe Orteza and terrific block defense to grab an 18-7 advantage.

The second-year nursing student from Ile des Chenes, who only took over setting duties around Christmas, finished with 37 assists, four digs and two aces.

MCAC co-MVP Ashley Goodwin cemented the opening set for the Rebels with one of her match-high 20 kills off an angled CMU block. The six-foot-two outside hitter from Winnipeg also led her team with four aces and dug up 10 balls.

“I think there were a few nerves coming in because they were the number one team and we hadn’t beaten them yet, but once we got up on them we could see that we could do it,” Goodwin said. “I think that gave us confidence for the rest of the match.”

Rebels’ Ashley Goodwin, MVP / 📸 Heidi Martins

Goodwin continued to assert her dominance early in the second set as she helped RRC snag a 7-6 lead.

The set remained close until the Blazers used a 6-0 run to take a 22-15 lead.

RRC saved two set points before being called for a net violation in an attempt to stave off a third.

Out to a fast 10-2 start in the third set, it looked like the Blazers had found their groove and were ready to put the match on cruise control. However, the Rebels battled their way back with stout defence, and Chloe Friesen’s error on a riveting, minute-long rally brought RRC to within two points, 19-17.

The Rebels claimed a 2-1 lead when Meisner’s desperation hit into the CMU backcourt resulted in two Blazers running into each other and the ball hitting the floor.

“I think we thought even though we are down a bit, there’s lots of game left and we can come back,” Meisner said. “We just didn’t get down on ourselves like we did in the past, which is why we lost so many games. We just kept the positivity and we just started getting points, started earning them.”

Blazers’ Lydawn McGarry  / 📸 Heidi Martins

CMU garnered a 5-3 lead early in the fourth set, but the Rebels continued their stellar defense, and it paid dividends with a 7-1 run to take a 10-6 lead.

The Blazers weren’t going to let the Rebels extinguish their flame that quickly as they went on a run of their own, forging a 22-17 advantage.

Like they did in the second, RRC saved two set points before Allison Kryschuk dumped a serve into the net. The Rebels saved a third CMU set point before co-MVP Jana Klassen served up her lone ace of the match to push the championship match the distance.

Klassen, a five-foot-nine left side from Calgary, led the Blazers with 17 kills and dug up 14 balls.

But try as she could to will CMU to its fifth MCAC championship in program history, and second in three years, Klassen could only look on as the Rebels used an 8-0 run to grab a 9-2 lead in the fifth.

The Blazers responded with a 6-1 of their own to cut the deficit to 10-8, but they couldn’t climb all the way back. A joint block by RRC defenders appeared to land outside the court but was called in by the closest official and the Rebels began celebrating on their side of the net.

“There was a body in front of him and it may have messed up his judgement and I don’t think he saw,” CMU middle Mackenzy Groot said. “I thought it was unfair and bad judgment on his part.”

 📸 Heidi Martins

First-year Blazers head coach Roy Rodriguez admitted it was a tough pill to swallow but rued some costly mental errors committed by his team.

“When everything is all scrambled, you want to almost finish the point at some point and just want a mental break,” he said. “The other team scrapped really well, dug up a lot of balls and gave themselves a chance to bring the ball back. We did the same thing, just at some points, it wasn’t enough.”

Just a handful of seasons removed from a winless season, McGregor and his players are going to savour the program’s first MCAC banner.

“I’m quite proud of our team. A few years ago, when I started coaching here, we were 0-20,” McGregor said. “We worked hard and coming out this year I feel like they earned everything they achieved.”

The 2019 Women’s Volleyball Champions, RRC Rebels  / 📸 Heidi Martins